posted on Sep, 11 2008 @ 11:37 PM
If you are looking to just get your feet wet and spend a whole lot as the talk on the CB does get old after awhile. I would reccomend a very basic
Cobra 25 or 29. If most of your driving is at night, go for the Nightwatch set (which may be your only choice anyways). Avoid the truckstop prices
unless you are just curious as to how much someone will ask for a basic radio. You might be ven able to buy new at Wal-Mart of all places.
Best places for bargins are at pawn shops for used just make sure that it is working or they will acept a return/refund if it is found not to be
Most units will have a plug for hardwiring to your car. Rather than deal with complexities do yourself the favor of visiting any truckstop to pick up
a 12volt adapter (cigarette lighter plug). Wire it correctly and be absolutly sure that you are pluging the plug in the radio the correct way. It is
not idiot proof and reversing the positive and negative is very bad--read a visit to a CB repair shop to have components replaced for more than you
want to pay.
As for the 30-40 mile range for 2-way communication with a base station...good luck unless you have zero obstructions and live in an area as flat and
open as Kansas or Iowa.
Base stations are more expensive and harder to find to get a good one, best left as a "down the road" idea for when you are ready.
You will see hand helds that have the anntena and everything ready to go in the $40 range...best to buy little highend walkie-talkies as the power and
therefore range is about the same. 2-5 miles if unobstructed or recieving bleed over from a larger radio (semi-trucks, base stations, distracted
thoughts...) Whil they seem like a deal, they are not and you will be disappointed.